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Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Dear identities

Posted By on Wed, Sep 28, 2005 at 12:00 AM

Since releasing Leave Luck to Heaven in 2003 and Backstroke in 2004 — two critically acclaimed records that brought micro-house as close as it ever got to the mainstream — Detroit’s Matthew Dear has had little time to be himself. He’s recorded as False for Richie Hawtin’s Minus/Plus 8 label,...

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Raw Dog Artist

Posted By on Wed, Sep 28, 2005 at 12:00 AM

The cover reads, “Death-Troit Shitty (murder capitol 2004) presents,” and the lead song, “Suck and Fuck,” is a grim ode to rectal mayhem: “Bitch could you give up the ass on the first date/And if you try to make a nigger wait/I’ll put some shit in your drink, and date...

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Cole’s Corner

Posted By on Wed, Sep 28, 2005 at 12:00 AM

Cole’s Corner depicts Richard Hawley in front of a theater, flowers in hand. He’s waiting for someone. Sadly, the same bouquet’s in the dustbin on the back. She’s stood him up again. And that’s the story of Hawley’s life, or at least his characters. Cole’s Corner, the fourth solo effort...

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Superlungs

Posted By on Wed, Sep 28, 2005 at 12:00 AM

You’ll recognize Terry Reid on an elemental level. When his blues wail rises on a torrent of unknown vowels, or he caresses the buzz of the amplifiers in a fey British lilt, Reid oftentimes sounds like the wild seed of Robert Plant and Donovan. He was a contemporary of both...

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Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Deeper High

Posted By on Wed, Sep 21, 2005 at 12:00 AM

There are numbskull riffs, thud-pocket drumming and (we imagine) nerve-pinching head flips. There are tangled-up-in-blues guitar leads flittering through wah pedals and scads of other Stooges finger-pistols. Shit, even the cowbell on “Turn to Stone” could be turned up. But don’t yawn just yet, chief; this beast of a bong-loading,...

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Superbeautifulmonster

Posted By on Wed, Sep 21, 2005 at 12:00 AM

Bif Naked’s lyrics strike in the first person. They’re unavoidable, like her tattoos or straightforward sexuality. Problem is, Naked’s music often lacks the same force of identity. She’s adopted numerous styles since her 1995 debut, from swaggering proto-metal and Garbage-style alt rock to mishmashes of balladry and anthemic pop. And...

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13 & God

Posted By on Wed, Sep 21, 2005 at 12:00 AM

13 & God is a collaboration between Germany’s long-in-tooth electronic punks Notwist and California’s underground hip-hop heads Themselves. What? Yeah, wrap your mind around that headfuck. Notwist contribute captivating laptop pop while Themselves seep synthesized android-rap into the tracks. The former’s whimsy and the latter’s inventive drum claps mesh together...

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Truckin' Up To Buffalo

Posted By on Wed, Sep 21, 2005 at 12:00 AM

The concert documented on Truckin’ Up to Buffalo took place when this writer was in the midst of an intense bout of high school Deadheadism, so the sounds are familiar and welcome. 1989 was a fantastic year for the Grateful Dead. The band had achieved an unthinkable level of commercial...

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Rock Icons DVD

Posted By on Wed, Sep 21, 2005 at 12:00 AM

Sly Stone is stoned. Janis Joplin is thoughtful and insecure. David Bowie is fidgety. Paul Simon is articulate and revealing. George Harrison is modestly humorous. David Crosby is a jackass. And Dick Cavett is often deliberately corny, playing off his own admitted “squareness,” often quick-witted, incredibly patient and genuinely interested...

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Without a Song: The 9/11 Concert

Posted By on Wed, Sep 21, 2005 at 12:00 AM

A Rollins fan who had been following the saxophone colossus for half a century listened to this new release, looked dreamily ahead and sighed, “What a weightlifter.” Rollins followers know that live Rollins releases have been rarities in recent decades, just three in the last 30 years. But this one...

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